As of Friday afternoon, more than 200 evacuees had found shelter at
"A plan has not been issued yet because our focus right now is getting people to safety," a representative from the S.C. EMD said Friday afternoon.
The division offered tips on returning home in its 2016 "S.C. Hurricane Guide" as follows:
--Wait until an area is declared safe before entering. Roads may be closed for safety. Do not drive in flooded areas. Do not drive around barriers. Follow the advice of local authorities.
--Check gas, water and appliances. Visually inspect electrical lines for damage.
--Avoid using candles and other open flames indoors. Use a flashlight to inspect damage.
--Report life-threatening emergencies.
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--Government-issued photo ID and proof of address
--Important phone numbers
--Bottled water and nonperishable foods
--First aid kit
--Cleanser and hand cleaning gel for personal use
--Hygiene products and toilet paper
--Insect repellent and sunscreen
--Long-sleeved shirts; long pants; sturdy, waterproof boots; and work gloves
--Flashlight; portable, battery-operated or hand-crank radio; and extra batteries
--Cameras for photos of damage for insurance claims.
--Carry plenty of cash. ATMs might not work and, if power is out, stores might not be able to accept credit or debit cards.
--Create back-up communication plans with family and friends in case calls and other electronic message do not go through in affected areas.
--Plan for possible delays when traveling. Bring extra food, water, pillows, blankets and other items that will make the trip more comfortable. Keep your vehicle's fuel tank as full as possible in case gas stations are crowded, out of fuel or closed.
--Carry a map to finds route around heavy traffic or impassable roads in case GPS devices are not operating.
--Beware of rodents, snakes, insects and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.
--Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home.
--Smell for gas. If you smell natural gas or propane or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and contact the fire department.
--If your home was flooded, assume it is contaminated with mold. Mold increases health risks for people with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions.
--Open doors and windows. Let the house air out before staying inside for any length of time if the house was closed for more than 48 hours.
--Turn the main electrical power and water systems off until you or a professional can ensure that they are safe. Never turn the power on or off or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.
--Check the ceiling and floor for signs of sagging. Water may be trapped in the ceiling or floors may be unsafe to walk on.
--Use generators safely. When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home's electrical system.
--If considering buying a generator, get advice from a professional, such as an electrician. Make sure that the generator is rated for the power that you think you will need.
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